What is the Childcare Offer?
The Childcare Offer is 30 hours a week of free early education and childcare for eligible working parents of three and four-year-olds for up to 48 weeks of the year. It consists of a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) provision open to all three and four-year-olds and additional funded childcare for eligible families.
How many hours of childcare am I eligible for?
The offer is a maximum of 30 hours of combined education and childcare. RCT already offers children, from the term following their 3rd birthday, 15 hours of FPN education. This means that during term time, eligible parents can access an additional 15 hours of childcare.
Parents are not required to access their early education entitlement in order to access the childcare element of the offer. However their entitlement will include these hours whether they access them or not.
If your child’s school offers full time FPN, then your term time entitlement through the Childcare Offer will be taken up by the FPN provision. You will still be eligible for 30 hours of childcare for nine weeks of the school holidays.
How many hours of education am I eligible for?
The education element of this offer is subject to normal RCT School Admissions rules. Parents must apply for a FPN education place in a school setting. If there is no school place available, children may be able to access their education place through a Registered Education Provider (REP). Please note we only fund education places in REP’s for children who are 3 between September and March each year and cannot access a school place until the following September.
If you choose not to apply for a school place for your child, you will not be eligible for additional hours of funded childcare or a funded education place in a REP.
Further details on how to apply for a FPN education place can be found at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
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